Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Clearwater Aquarium accepts donation for after-school STEM program: Clearwater Marine Aquarium accepted a $25,000 donation from AT&T last month to support an after-school STEM program for students in Pinellas County. The program allows students ages 11 to 14 to gain hands-on experiences and inspire a greater interest in math and science programs. The aquarium's after-school program supports Title I schools by providing immersive STEM curriculum for the "middle school juncture," where children are likely to lose interest in STEM subjects. The check presentation included a boat ride in Clearwater Bay with a net pulling in a big check from AT&T.

Safety Harbor Kiwanis name new Sea Hawk Award winners: The Safety Harbor Kiwanis honored students at the second Sea Hawk Awards ceremony this year. Three students selected received recognition from the Kiwanis with trophies and a monetary award. Seventh-grade student Lauren Maki was chosen by teacher Scott Johnson for helping others before herself. Paula Sanchez and Emelio Kandy were picked by seventh-grade teacher Candes Clifford for their high standard of character and citizenship. These three and other students were honored with parents, families and teachers at the special awards breakfast.

Largo Medical named top performer by Joint Commission: Largo Medical Center was the only hospital in Pinellas County to receive the Joint Commission's Top Performer award throughout all five years of the program's existence. Largo Medical Center also is one of just 117 hospitals nationwide to achieve this status for five years. The Joint Commission is the nation's leading accreditor of health care organizations. This program recognizes hospitals that attain excellence in evidence-based care in core measure performance data.

St. Alfred's Episcopal in Palm Harbor welcomes new priest: The Rev. Dr. Gina Walsh-Minor was accepted as the new priest-in-charge at St. Alfred's Episcopal Church in Palm Harbor. Walsh-Minor served the Diocese of New Jersey since 2003 as vicar at two churches and interim rector at another. She also was interim director of human resources at Riverside Church in New York City. For the past seven years, she served as rector of Trinity Church in Cranford, N.J. Walsh-Minor received her master's in divinity from General Theological Seminary and also holds a doctorate in organizational development and human resources management and a master's in community counseling.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

What follows below is a ranking of all 32 NFL teams. To build this list, we consulted five objective measures of team strength: Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average ratings...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Florida Missing Child Alert canceled for Jacksonville boy, 2

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A Jacksonville boy, 2, who was reported missing early Thursday morning, has been found safe.A Florida Missing Child Alert has been canceled for Legend Jones, who had last been seen in the 1900 block of Fouraker Road in Jacksonville, according to the ...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Be ready for busy roads and airports: 5.6 million Floridians to travel for the holidays

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A record-breaking number of Americans are expected to travel during the holiday season next week, according to a AAA report released Thursday.The travel company projects 107.3 million Americans will pack their bags and leave their homes between Dec. ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Here’s who’ll benefit, and who might not, if net neutrality is repealed as expected

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is expected to repeal net neutrality rules Thursday, a move that will likely have major implications for internet service providers, startups and consumers.The hotly contested move centers on a set o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa chamber of commerce evolves to take on more policy challenges

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Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Joe Henderson: Recent cold snap brings to mind the Big Chill of Christmas ‘89

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‘This has gone too far,’ says defiant Tavis Smiley after PBS suspends his show for ‘misconduct’

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The Daystarter: ‘Star Wars’ debuts tonight; a carpet heir and 22-year-old’s death; it could be Trading Day for Longoria, Rays; new parking garage for St. Petersburg?

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Updated: 3 hours ago

Palm Harbor woman, 23, killed while crossing Seminole Boulevard

SEMINOLE — A Palm Harbor woman was killed Thursday night after she was struck by an SUV while crossing Seminole Boulevard.The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. just north of 53rd Avenue N, deputies said.According to deputies, 23-year-old Kala Gombos...
Updated: 3 hours ago